This weekend in Houston is going to be one of the most memorable in recent memory. To get the party started, travel to the bayside for half-price shucked oysters or get up early to catch a glimpse of the Houston Texans training camp.
One of New York’s greatest and most mouth-watering fundraising events is also returning, as well as the opportunity to finally wear those white linen pants you’ve had stashed away in the back of your wardrobe. The following is a comprehensive guide to the best things to do in Houston in the next few days.
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See What the Houston Texans look like in Training Camp
NRG Center for the Performing Arts
This year’s training camp is a great opportunity to see the Texans in action if you’re thinking about including any of them on your fantasy team.
With extra dates on August 9 and 10 (Tuesday and Wednesday), there will be shaded viewing choices, live entertainment, freebies, photo opportunities, food trucks, and more for the boys to show off from 8 to 10 am.
Get Some Cheap Oysters by the Bay
Precious oysters are harvested from Galveston Bay every morning by sibling company Prestige Oysters, which brings them to Pier 6 in San Leon Bay. Enjoy a 50-cent oyster happy hour from 4 to 6:30 pm on National Oyster Day for freshly shucked and chilled oysters
If you’d rather stay put, Hugo’s, Caracol, Xochi, and Backstreet Cafe are all offering $1 raw oysters and $2 roasted oysters, while URBE is selling them for $2 roasted or raw and topped with shrimp if you want.
Kevin Hartford and LYAO
Take a vacation from reality and enjoy Kevin Hart‘s first major tour in four years as he destroys it. Concertgoers are encouraged to leave their cell phones at home when they arrive at Toyota Center at 5:30 pm.
Watch a 1980s Cult Favourite Under the Night Sky
The Breakfast Club, a 1985 cult hit, will be shown at 8 p.m. at Market Square Park in downtown Manhattan. Pick up delicious Greek fare and beer/wine from nearby Niko Niko’s or bring your own patio chairs and blankets.
Fight Childhood Cancer by Drinking Mimosas and Raising Money For it
When it comes to participating in the Sky High for Kids Fundraiser, all you have to do is buy a wristband and sip on some morning drinks. Simple as that. The mimosa and bloody bar open at 10 a.m., with all proceeds benefiting Sky High’s mission to raise awareness about childhood cancer. Sky High’s mission is to raise money for pediatric cancer research.
At White Linen Night, Keep Things Calm
Locals have been dressing up in their white linen best and gathering along historic 19th for a night of local art, music, food, and merriments since way back in 2006. From 6 to 10 p.m., you should be able to find a basic white t-shirt to participate in the festivities. If bar hopping is more your style, there are plenty of establishments along White Oak that have adopted the custom.
Musicians and DJs perform, drink deals and food trucks are on the menu as well as artists and local businesses. Besides that, Patterson Park, a bayside patio bar, is going all out for its White Linen at the Treehouse celebration with DJs and liquor sponsors rocking all day and IG-worthy setups all day long.
Enjoy a Beer-Fueled Picnic While listening to Love Songs in the Park
A picnic in the park in the verdant Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is a wonderful way to spend an evening. Enjoy live love music, Saint Arnold beer, and charcuterie with your sweetie or single friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
At a Silent Disco, You can Dance to Your Own Music
From 8 p.m. until 12 a.m., the hip POST Market will be transformed into a downtown Silent Disco. The party will feature three channels of music, including hip-hop, trap, house, dance, and electronic beats, as well as color-changing gear for a really immersive and hypnotic experience.
During Houston Restaurant Weeks, Enjoy Multi-course Meals to Benefit a Good Cause
All around the place
Every day in August and into Labor Day weekend, more than 200 Houston-area restaurants will serve multi-course, prix fixe menus to benefit the Houston Food Bank. This year’s line-up includes newcomers Chivos, Gratify Neighborhood Bistro, Indianola, III by Wolfgang Puck, MAD Houston, Roka Akor, and ToroToro, as well as longstanding HRW favorites Brennan’s and Rainbow Lodge (plus a whole bunch more).
Check out the entire list of attendees and start making your hotel bookings to show your support for the charity right this second. Breakfast, brunch, and lunch are all $25 (with a $2 surcharge). Dinners are $39 or $55 (plus a $4 or $6 surcharge).
- 1 See What the Houston Texans look like in Training Camp
- 2 Get Some Cheap Oysters by the Bay
- 3 Kevin Hartford and LYAO
- 4 Watch a 1980s Cult Favourite Under the Night Sky
- 5 Fight Childhood Cancer by Drinking Mimosas and Raising Money For it
- 6 At White Linen Night, Keep Things Calm
- 7 Enjoy a Beer-Fueled Picnic While listening to Love Songs in the Park
- 8 At a Silent Disco, You can Dance to Your Own Music
- 9 During Houston Restaurant Weeks, Enjoy Multi-course Meals to Benefit a Good Cause